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Category: Poetry

The first call/army of termites


Makewana's Daughters


By  Alinane ‘Naphi’ Mphande Slowly I watched it grow From a speck to a row Mesmerized I watched as they came One, two, three, four, scores and scores of them Fascinated I beheld them build
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In Her Shoes


Asante
Mtenje


By Asante Lucy Mtenje   In her shoes, those shoes, those two sizes too big, worn out “kanavasi” she drags along to the dumpsters to rummage through the wilting, rusty banana and mango peels, disregarding
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Initiation


Susanna
chiyepa

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Today we dance for you Telling you what needs to be done And what shouldn’t be done Today we dance. Don’t dance, young woman, Observe and listen.   Today we dance Look at our graceful
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Memory


Okota
Ng'oma

Memory

I make that journey With the rapid pace of a time-traveller No seat-belts to fasten Just sitting here and I’m miles and miles away Miles from somewhere, from nowhere To a place that’s warm That’s
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The Poet Tree


Okota
Ng'oma

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The poet-tree I climb and clamber Searching, I fall, but I go back Climb again, Grasping at the branches of the poet-tree.   I breathe in the scent among the leaves Sometimes it’s like pine,
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